What will Lexus’ future flagship sedan look like? The LF-FC concept unveiled yesterday at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show gives a pretty good idea.
Outside, the car sports 21” aluminum wheels with carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, a roofline that flows from front to rear in the manner of a 4-door coupe, floating “L-shaped” daytime running lights, similarly styled taillights, and the brand’s signature grille with a new mesh design.
The interior of the Lexus LF-FC concept has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained. Occupants sit in a comfortable yet futuristic environment where the front seats seem to be floating, while the rear seats offer a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space.
With regard to on-board technologies, this concept utilizes an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. Meanwhile, automated driving technologies provide a safe and efficient driving experience.
Finally, the Lexus LF-FC exploits a high-output, fuel-cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making it an all-wheel-drive configuration. The T-shaped arrangement for the hydrogen fuel tanks and other strategic moves result in optimal weight distribution for a sporty sedan.
“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not-so-distant future”, said Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.